Pole replacement, low-flying helicopter along Tumwater Canyon Oct. 13

Submitted by Rachel Hansen, Chelan PUD

Photo 1 - Tumwater Dam Photo 2- Pole marker indicating the year the pole was originally installed.

LEAVENWORTH, WA – Chelan PUD will replace four power poles along the Old Pipeline Bed Trail in Tumwater Canyon, about 1.5 miles west of Leavenworth, on Oct. 13.

The trail will be closed for safety 6 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday while a low-flying helicopter delivers new poles from the Red Bridge parking lot for installation along the powerline. The timing may vary based on weather conditions.

While the work is underway, crews will place a sign and a flagger at the parking lot entrance, and two electronic reader boards along Highway 2. The highway will remain open, but slowdowns are possible. Please drive with caution.

The 52-year-old poles were identified as a priority for replacement based on the PUD’s wood pole testing program, which inspects about 10 percent of the PUD’s poles each year. Each pole is inspected every 10 years to ensure safety and reliability.


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